FC Dallas notes:
Consistency in the lineup. According to the game notes, Oscar Pareja made his last change to the starting lineup against Orlando City SC on July 11. Pareja sent started Michael Barrios on the right flank and pushed Ryan Hollingshead into a new role as left back. Since then, Pareja has rolled out the same 11 in four consecutive matches. Dallas has gone 3‐1‐0 in those games.
Home record. Dallas won 13 matches at home in 1999, the most of any season in franchise history. With six home games remaining, FC Dallas (8‐1‐2) still has a shot at the record, should the club win its remaining games at Toyota Stadium.
Playing the kids. Dallas' Homegrown players logged a league high 4,607 minutes or 14% of the team's total minutes in 2014 (61GP, 50GS). Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 4,028 minutes (18.5%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Zendejas. The LA Galaxy rank second with 3,036 minutes played. Dallas' Homegrowns have logged nearly 1,000 more minutes than any other team.
Key player for FCD: Blas Perez. It has been what feels like ages since we last saw Perez in a Dallas uniform. The club needs a big scorer up top and Perez is going to have to find a way to inset himself into this game and get the attack going.
Biggest question: Will the club respond well following the bye week?
I think with the home game and the bye week coming together like this, FCD has no excuse to get the three points here. The break came at the right time for this group as well. The team is healthy so there really is no excuse to get three points in this one even against all of LA's stars.
I believe with the week off and the fact that the club was able to get guys like Blas Perez and Je-Vaughn Watson back into gear with the first team that they can pull this one out. The big home crowd should help as well even though LA is bringing every star they can possibly bring to Texas. Home wins are a premium from here on out. Three points or bust.
FCD 2, LAG 1
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 8/15, 8:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: TXA 21
Online: MLS Live
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